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Why is condensation a warming process?

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The formation of condensation is a warming process because it releases energy into the atmosphere that causes its temperature to increase. When condensations forms, water vapor condenses from a gas into a liquid. The liquid state requires less energy than the gas state.

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Since the gas state requires less energy, the extra energy is released into the atmosphere. With less energy, the molecules can slow down and form a liquid.

The amount of heat that is released when water vapor condenses into liquid is known as the latent heat of condensation.

A process that removes heat from the atmosphere, such as melting, is a cooling process.

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